For release, March 23, 2009
For press information, contact Simone Notter Wilson (901) 678-4164
Patricia Podzorski, Curator of Egyptian Art at the U of M's Institute of Egyptian
Art and Archaeology, will hold an illustrated lecture about the colorful and dynamic
textile arts of Egypt during the Roman and Byzantine periods on Wednesday, April 15
at 7:30 p.m.in room 128 at the Fogelman College of Business. The lecture, "Flowers
of an Antique Land: Decorated Textiles of the 1st Millennium AD from Egypt," and
the reception at 7 p.m. are free and open to the public.
Decorated textile fragment with tree motif. Gift of the C.H. Sibal Family Trust.
Textiles reflect not only the indigenous traditions of the Nile Valley, but also the
interconnected, multicultural character of the ancient Mediterranean world. The lecture
will survey the intriguing diversity of woven artifacts found preserved in Egypt.
Themes vary from floral and geometric decorative elements to complex compositions
reflecting Christian and Hebrew scripture and Greek and Roman mythology. The same
themes were often presented in different styles, revealing artistic as well as regional
and temporal influences. The technical virtuosity of some of these textiles rivals
that of Roman and Byzantine paintings and mosaics, creating a seldom-traveled avenue
for exploring post-pharaonic Egypt.This material can also serve as a rich source of
inspiration for those who appreciate the textile arts today.
For more information, call 901-678-2555 or visit http://academic.memphis.edu/egypt/textiles09.html.